My friend's cutest sweetest baby Anna is turning ONE already, so here is some Cyrillic hand written boho invitation goodness.
Ok, it's not really. But it sort of is. Basically, I've fallen in love, and here is how it happened.
My significant other and I try to travel as much as we can, and I'm rather obsessed with making sure we've got plenty of awesome images from each holiday to look back on. Carrying my 5D Mark II around has quickly proven to be extremely annoying for the both of us, and I've had to settle for perfecting my iPhonography skills instead (I can practically hear the photographers gasp in horror).
Yes, it's possible to take pretty decent photos on your phone if you know how to use the light to your advantage and how to frame the shot. I think of mobile photography as the go to option for those of us who'd rather selfishly opt for holiday comfort over the money shot of a deadly leopard chasing a terrified gazelle towards a cliff with a waterfall and some airborne flamingos in the background.
Thus, I've made my peace with the iPhone being my travel cam, and tried to ignore the dark, depth-of-field-shaped hole in my heart. But then, just in time for the next trip, I got my hands on an iPhone 7 Plus. Like pure magic, its dual lens 12MP cam does its very best to simulate the gorgeous SLR-esque blurry background effect in the all new 'Portrait' mode. And while the pros of the pros are screaming about how shite iPhone's replica bokeh is all over the forums, I keep staring at my holiday shots in awe and disbelief.
I know a revolution when I see one.
Before you throw your brick of a DSLR right out of the window and run through a field of daisies in happy contemplation of your new life, there are a couple of things to remember.
- This is a good day-to-day alternative, NOT a replacement.
- iPhone's camera resolution is significantly lower than an average DSLR's, so expecting to see no noise, no pixelation, no quality loss on zoom is... well, just silly. So don't be silly. Don't do it.
- Comparing an iPhone camera to a DSLR is like comparing a cup of Italian hand-brewed espresso with the cafetiere coffee Susan from work whipped up. While the espresso is the expected winner, Susan's coffee can also be quite delicious, and even preferred by some. They are two different things, so let's not waste precious time explaining why one is better than the other in excruciating detail.
Long story short, if you don't zoom in and examine the photos in detail, you might never know why anyone on earth would disagree that this is a complete mobile photography break through.
There is this THING, though...
It occurs in some instances, and it's annoying.
In some cases, the two poor lenses just don't agree on where the background ends and the subject begins, resulting in some clear pixel confusion around the edges of said subject. I picture the lenses having a heated little argument behind the scenes:
Lens 1: 'FFS Jeff, that's the edge of his glove!'
Lens 2: 'Listen, Janet, I think I'm the one with the experience here...'
Is this unfortunate, sad, frustrating and unacceptable? Sure. But does it absolutely have to be this way? Hell no. There are a number of factors that maximise this 'fake depth-of-field' effect, and if you pay attention when shooting, it can be avoided 99% of the time.
AVOID THE HORROR
- Shoot against a plain(-ish) background
- The more distance between the background and the subject - the better.
- Hold the iPhone firm and still.
- Get your subject to strike a pose and HOLD IT. No moving.
The photo above was taken under some questionable circumstances, which involved me half lying down on the ground while wearing my skis, and my subject unexpectedly channelling his inner Hussain Bolt in one brief fluid motion.
100% zoom of the same person, but motionless and shot against a plainer backdrop, will show you what happens when the two lenses dance in coordinated tandem.
And if that wasn't convincing enough, here is a crop of my blond brother's mysterious ginger beard as further concrete evidence. Shot against a rather busy backdrop of people, he was sitting quite still, and I held that iPhone like my life depended on it.
I love this so much! [insert twelve heart-eyed emojis here]
The constant evolution of technology is allowing things to be smaller and lighter while continuously fighting to retain the awesome. If you are going to try and tell me that isn't insanely cool, then you and I are simply living in different time zones.
I'm excited to be in 2020, while you are holding on to 2010. And my iPhone-7-Plus-depth-of-field-Portrait-mode dog completely agrees with me.
Ever since I first started getting into modern calligraphy, I thought it would be really cool to put up a simple minimalist calendar on my wall. Something easily printable, clipboard and doodle friendly, where each month gets its own page.
I've looked around to see if I could find one and print it out, and while there were tons of similar looking calendars out there, none of them were free to download. Paying for a printout when I could quite easily make one seemed a little lazy and frankly nonsensical. Plus, I love me a freebie!!! Even if it means having to create it myself.
So, I've been toying with this idea for a while, but never got round to creator mode. Until now! I've decided that 2017 is going to be my year. The year of doing. So here comes my very own FREE version of a 2017 calligraphy calendar.
I'm a digital gal all the way, so having to draw the letters perfectly, scan them in and adjust the imperfections in Photoshop was a process way too painful for me to ever stick with. In fact, that was exactly why the 2016 calendar stopped at 'Feb'. In my house, it was February 2016 until this November.
I've tried drawing directly into Photoshop, but the strokes just weren't fluid enough (read: my hand would have a little freak out and mess up right at the end of every single word). So, I had decided to put project 'Calendar' on pause until someone somewhere would invent an app / plug in / tool that would solve all of my problems for me. I know, SELF-LESS.
Lo and behold, that's exactly what happened! I discovered Adobe Photoshop Sketch - an awesome drawing application from (yes, you guessed it) Adobe for (yes, you guessed it) FREE. Sketch allows you to draw directly on your iPad using your finger or a stylus, aiming to replicate the look and feel of drawing on real paper with real tools. I won't get into detail now, but for me, freehand (or shall I say freefinger) calligraphy has definitely taken an interesting turn. Using the inbuilt brush presets, I was able to experiment with and easily draw out all of the calendar months on my 30 minute bus journey from work.
Check out the super simple interface below, and definitely give it a go if you are interested in creating some digital freehand typography, sending it to Photoshop as a layered PSD, or e-mailing it to yourself as an image, and never having to come close to an acrylic brush in your life.
Clicking the link above will initiate a PDF download (6.9 MB)
After meticulously analysing every aspect of my life, Facebook advertising bots have decided that the OVER App is the thing I shouldn't carry on living without. I'm ashamed to say it, but Facebook bots were right.
If your Pinterest boards are bursting with motivational quotes overlaid on top of starry skies and deserted landscapes, this app is what you've been searching for your whole life without even knowing. OVER allows you to place cool hipster-looking text on your photos with minimal effort.
Having spent an hour playing with the free version of the app (moving lines of copy one pixel up and to the left is a bit of a mission), meet my creations...
The app is very intuitive and easy to use, the free version being quite enough to satisfy all your text overlaying desires. It offers 18 fonts, some with multiple weights/styles, as well as all kinds of image dimensions. A bonus for the less imaginative among us is the free daily artwork feature, which allows you to install and use pre-created typography lock ups.
Pinterest, I'm coming for you!!!
Our Jeep Renegade Black Friday campaign has gone live last week! Couldn't be prouder of all the work we've produced for this glorious paint-dripping beast. From the tiniest mobile banner to the biggest billboard, it's been an honour. Thanks team for being consistently awesome, thanks Jeep for going for it!
Digging through some long forgotten photo archives, I've come across a shoot I did with a pair of seriously old school 3D glasses. What's a girl to do but make a GIF.
Playing around in Sketch and seeing what Marvel can do for me, here is my take on weather apps - a little crazy, brutally honest, with beautiful Instagram photography at the heart of it of course.